On the early evening of Friday, May 14, Solemn Vespers and the Conferral of Degrees for students of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception took place in the priory chapel of the Dominican House of Studies. A private gathering consisting of faculty, staff, and members of the Board of the Overseers, assembled in the chapel to witness the conferral of degrees upon the graduates. Family and friends of the graduates were able to view the proceedings via livestream.
Degrees were announced by Very Rev. Dominic Langevin, O.P., Acting Dean, and formally presented by Very Rev. Kenneth Letoile, O.P., Vice-Chancellor and Prior Provincial, and Very Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P., President of the Pontifical Faculty. Click here for a list of the graduates.
Rev. Br. Isaiah Beiter, O.P., was awarded the Marie “Jackie” Brunetta Burse. The burse is given annually to a Dominican Brother ordained to the diaconate, who demonstrates consistent excellence in preaching. Br. Isaiah will be ordained to priesthood on May 22nd.
Ms. Molly Egilsrud was presented with the Frassati Scholar Award. The award is presented to the lay graduate who demonstrates not only academic excellence but also consistent leadership in service of the school, fellow students, and the Church. The award is named for the lay Dominican Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati who devoted his life to study, service of his fellow man, and spreading the Gospel.
The commencement speaker was Fr. Brian Daley, S.J., the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology, Emeritus, at the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Daley was presented with the Saint Dominic Medal. The medal is awarded to those individuals who, through demonstrated competency in their life’s work, have advanced the ideals of the Pontifical Faculty, thus bringing honor and recognition to the charism of the Dominican Order. Fr. Daley delivered the commencement address.
The Pontifical Faculty congratulates our graduates!